Culture and Cuicine in Canada

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Canadian Culture: The Northern Mosaic

Canada is one of two countries located in North America and is the second largest country in the world. It is situated just north of the United States and constitutes the northern part of the country, excluding Alaska. Over the years Canada 's culture has been influenced by European culture and traditions, mainly that of the French and British. Canadian culture has also been influenced by the countries ' first people, the Aboriginals, as well as the newer immigrated population (Wikipedia, 2007). Canada consists of ten provinces and three northern territories, almost all of which are "rich in land and natural resources" (Bailey, par. 2). Canada is often referred to as a mosaic community because there
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"A trend in Canada has witnessed a Celtic revival which saw many Maritime musicians and songs rise to prominence" (Wikipedia, 2007, par.9). Many of the Maritimes cultural activities can be traced back to rural resource based economies of fishing, forestry, coal mining, and farming. Atlantic fishing is by far the largest industry on the East Coast. Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are the dominant provinces contributing to the fishing industry. According to the Canadian Fisheries Annual Statistical Review (1980), there are approximately eighty thousand fishermen and fish-processing plant workers involved in the Atlantic fishing industry which makes up three quarters of Canada 's total fish revenue (as cited in Natural Resources in Canada, 1985). A few of these provinces also rely on their fertile land for growing such items as potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, apples and a variety of other small fruits and vegetables (Farming in Canada, 1989). Although many people from this region find a higher quality of life in the Atlantic area, Iain Wallace (2001) explains that much of the younger crowds migrate to other, more prosperous, areas of the country. The last region that will be focused on is the Northern Territories; which includes the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and the newest territory, Nunavut. There are many different languages spoken in this region, and many of them have
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